Collison's Goals Lift Ohio State Over Michigan State, 3-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State defeated Michigan State, 3-0, Sunday in women’s soccer action at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to complete a two-game weekend sweep and improve to 9-5-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the Big Ten Conference. Junior Lisa Collison scored two goals and freshman Alex Burzynski also scored while goalkeeper Lauren Robertson recorded her sixth shutout of the season. Ohio State defeated Michigan on Friday, 1-0.
The Buckeyes dominated play on a spectacular day for soccer that was dedicated to the parents of the 31 members of the team. The team fired 17 shots toward Michigan State goalkeeper Nicole Galas with 11 of those on goal. The Buckeyes also had a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks and, for the second-consecutive game, were the aggressors on the field with 15 fouls compared to Michigan State’s 11.
“Today turned into a wonderful opportunity to get some players off the bench and into the game,” Lori Walker, Ohio State coach, said. “It was great to see some offense, but it was even better to get two shutouts on the weekend. That is what is really important.”
Collison put Ohio State in front, 1-0, at the 28-minute mark of the first half by scoring from close range on a set play. Freshman Lauren Beachy delivered a left-footed corner kick from the right side that Ashley Bowyer headed on goal. Galas made the initial save, but couldn’t control the rebound and Collison smashed home her third goal of the season. Beachy and Bowyer each recorded assists on the play.
Ohio State went up, 2-0, early in the second half on Collison’s second goal of the game. Lara Dickenmann sent a long ball over the defenders that hit Collison onside and in stride. The junior took a couple steps and powered home her fourth goal of the season from 10 yards that beat Galas to her right side. Dickenmann’s assist increased her school record total to 31.
“Collison has been struggling to find the back of the net but she has been persistent and has worked hard,” Walker said. “Her persistence and effort is a nice lesson for our younger players who might not see the benefits of fighting through the situation like Lisa has.”
Keiana Mitchell, voted the player of the game, came of the bench for the second game in a row and played inspired soccer that resulted in an assist on Ohio State’s third goal. Mitchell intercepted a pass on the run at the halfway line and kept moving toward the net with the ball at her feet as Burzynski was alertly pulling the defenders her way to open space. At the perfect moment Mitchell sent a through pass to Burzynski, who scored her fourth goal of the season from the left side to increase the lead to 3-0 in the 67th minute.
“Keiana has fought through some adversity, she has made the adjustment to coming into the game off the bench and she is making a bigger impact for us on the field,” Walker said.
The game was televised by the Big Ten Network. Ohio State goals and points record-holder Lisa Grubb was a game analyst.
Ohio State returns to the road for two games this week: 8 p.m. Friday at Minnesota and 1 p.m. Sunday at Iowa. The team seeks to snap a road winless streak that has reached five games this season.
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